CLEVELAND - The hottest ticket in Cleveland right now? It's a ticket to the Game 7 Watch Party Sunday night at The Q.
But after the watch party tickets for inside the Q were sold out in a matter of seconds, the Cavs announced an outdoor watch party. It will be extended to Gateway Plaza to accommodate more fans. A limited number of additional tickets will be sold for the outdoor watch party where fans can catch the action on multiple giant video screens.
Tickets went on sale at 2 p.m. this afternoon exclusively at Cavs.com. There was a 4-ticket limit per person and a $5 admission donation, with 100% of proceeds benefiting local charitable organizations.
Cleveland RTA is encouraging people to take the bus or rapid to the watch party. All-day passes at $5, and the walkway to the Q will be open two hours before and 90 minutes after the event.
Tickets for the indoor watch party were also on sale at Discount Drug Marts throughout the area, but lines there were reported to be long: some upwards of 200 people. And the stores also sold out very quickly - disappointing hundreds of fans.
Fox 8's Jessica Dill reported it seems like the first person in each line got their 6 tickets and then others were turned away.
Even people who went online got locked out of a chance to get seats:
Fans are so disappointed, in fact, that there is now a petition on Change.org to try to get Progressive Field to open for the party. The Indians play at Progressive Field at 1:10 p.m.
Following Thursday's game, the Quickens Loans Arena is being re-configured to host the Republican National Convention in July and will not be able to accommodate as many fans on Sunday as it has during previous Finals games.
Demand for the tickets has some offering to sell theirs for as much as $200 apiece on Craigslist.
One seller, who asked not to use his name, said he bought four tickets for $150 each and offered to sell two of them for $200 apiece. After placing the ad, he tells Fox 8 News that his phone started ringing off the hook.
"The only place people want to be is downtown," he said adding "they are willing to do whatever it takes to be there."